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MA Screen: Acting

College
CSM
Start date
January 2020
Course length
1 year full time (45 weeks)

Course summary

A Drama Centre course at Central Saint Martins. MA Screen Acting course specialises in giving the actor a rigorous and intense conservatoire training focused on delivering performance for the screen.

Whether on film or television or other recorded media such radio. The student will be involved in many filmed projects including a final short film professionally produced as well as professionally shot show reel material. The course also gives the student a full programme of professional preparation with current industry professionals, including casting directors, agents, producers.

This course is part of the Drama and Performance Programme.

Great reasons to apply

  • This course has produced many successful alumni including a Welsh Bafta winner and a number of feature film leads
  • You’ll engage with industry professionals
  • With good time-management, a number of students also carry out extra-curricular activities. Current student Mirin Barr won Best Actress at the Campus Moviefest Awards for her part in 'One Beautiful Day', directed by fellow student Rudina Hatipi. One Beautiful Day has also been selected for the Campus Movie Fest Wildcard Challenge
  • You’ll collaborate closely with MA Screen: Directing, students on numerous camera based projects throughout the course. Other recent collaborations include working with London College of Fashion, Wimbledon and Trinity Laban
  • MA Screen, Acting is built upon Stanislavski’s approach to the text and the actor. Working closely with MA directing students this approach enables both to grow creatively as artists
  • MA Screen Acting is one of the courses in the Drama and Performance Programme that originates from the unique approach and techniques that were developed by Drama Centre London.

News

Rungano Nyoni, MA Screen Acting alum, wins the Everyman Award for Best Film for I am not a Witch (The Guardian)

Scholarships, awards and funding available

Jane Rapley Scholarships

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships:
Home/EU | International

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for eligible UK and EU students. A full list of eligibility criteria and information on applying can be found on the postgraduate loans webpage.

UAL International Postgraduate £25,000 plus International Student House (ISH) Scholarships

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Facilities

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Costume

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Post-production

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Digital media

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Alumni

Course details

MA Screen: Acting prepares you for work in film and television and related fields by bringing together the key artistic knowledge and skills that are needed to give a truthful and exciting performance on screen. MA Screen: Acting is delivered in close collaboration with MA Screen: Directing.

At the heart of the postgraduate course is the growth of individual creativity, achieved through constant opportunities for working on camera-based projects with colleagues from other pathways. Course components include acting skills and practice, the creation and production of filmed dramas (shot in the studio and on location), and in-depth preparation for the profession (including interview and audition techniques).

Distinctive features of MA Screen: Acting are:

  • An intense conservatoire approach to training for the screen
  • A performance-led approach to film
  • A company operating model
  • The acquisition of a deep understanding of the processes leading to the creation of the films.
  • A professional learning model that prepares you for direct entry into the world of work
  • A focus on creative solutions to the technical aspects of production
  • Concentration on professional preparation with industry professionals.

Course outline

MA Screen: Acting lasts 45 weeks over 12 months and is structured as units - class-based to begin with, but increasingly project-geared over time. This postgraduate course is intensive. You'll be expected to commit 35 hours per week to classes, rehearsals and shoots, and to your own independent preparation and learning.

Students who come to MA Screen: Acting expect vocational training plus a high level of autonomous learning. The practical elements of the course contribute to the intensity of the experience and sharpen your professional ability to deliver on time, on budget and at an appropriate level.

MA Screen: Acting breaks away from the traditional stage-focused training by providing a specific programme directly relevant to film and television. Delivered in close working partnership with MA Screen: Directing, it features an extended programme of acting skills, two film projects which are professionally produced and shot on location and in CSM’s film Studio and then edited and screened. You will also be part of an Audio project, that will cover all aspects of the recorded voice and its application in film and television, gaming, commercials, computer games and documentaries and radio drama. As well as a two week programme of professional preparation.

The MA course culminates with professionally shot showreel material, directed by a working professional director, which is then screened alongside your other filmed projects to an invited industry audience that includes agents and casting directors.

Course units

Assessment

Assessment is practical, based on performance and class work. There is no formal written examination, though you will be expected to carry out and present extensive research, as well as deliver practice-informed reflective journal summaries.

Staff

Alan  Dunnett

Alan Dunnett

Associate Lecturer, MA Screen: Directing and Acting

Course Leader: Michael Bray
Arts and Business and Professional Preparation Advisor: 
Gary Davy

How to apply

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and to supporting all of our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to contact us on disability@arts.ac.uk or +44 (0)20 7514 6156 so that we can plan the right support for you. All enquiries are treated confidentially. To find out more, visit our Disability & Dyslexia webpages.

Entry requirements

Opportunities for all

We are committed to making university education an achievable option for a wider range of people and seek to recruit students from diverse socio-economic, cultural and educational backgrounds. We are committed to supporting all our students in achieving their potential both during and after their courses.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities. If you have a disability (e.g. mobility difficulties, sensory impairments, medical or mental health conditions or Asperger’s syndrome) we strongly encourage you to tell the University as soon as possible.   This helps us to plan the right support and adjustments for you during the admissions process and before you arrive. Please contact the University Disability Service to discuss your disability and support needs. (All enquiries are treated confidentially.)

Email: disability@arts.ac.uk Tel: +44 (0)20 7514 6156.

To find out more, please visit our disability support webpage.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirements for this course are as follows:

  • An honours degree in acting, drama, directing, theatre studies, dance, or a relevant art and design discipline OR
  • A Level 3 Diploma from a recognised professional drama or dance school OR
  • An equivalent EU / international qualification.

APEL - Accreditation of Prior (Experiential) Learning

Exceptionally applicants who do not meet these course entry requirements may still be considered. The course team will consider each application that demonstrates additional strengths and alternative evidence. This might, for example, be demonstrated by:

  • Related academic or work experience
  • The quality of the personal statement
  • A strong academic or other professional reference
  • OR a combination of these factors.

Each application will be considered on its own merit but we cannot guarantee an offer in each case.

Entry to this course will also be determined by audition.

English language requirements

IELTS level 7.0 or above, with at least 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our main English Language requirements webpage).

Selection criteria

We select applicants according to potential and current ability in the following areas:

Essential criteria:

  • High level of intellectual engagement
  • High physical awareness and adaptability
  • High vocal awareness and adaptability
  • Highly developed characterisation
  • High interactive awareness and adaptability
  • Confident and flexible collaboration

Desirable criteria:

  • Basic experience of screen

What we are looking for

We are looking for students ready to take on an extremely demanding profession, who are mature and self-confident, and who are willing to take criticism and turn it to their advantage while preserving a sense of humour. You will need to be resourceful and committed to following a postgraduate programme of study that's screen-oriented, exploratory and geared to the needs of the profession. We audition all applicants.

The course is aimed primarily at graduates and mature students who can apply a high degree of independence to their learning. Successful candidates bring to the course an understanding of drama in its various contexts plus an ability to work autonomously for sustained periods with the necessary focus and resilience. As MA Screen: Acting puts a strong emphasis on collaboration within an ensemble, you're expected to show openness, flexibility and generosity in the context of the creative group.

The vocational nature of MA Screen: Acting implies a high degree of proficiency at entry. We do, however, balance this against perceived potential, especially where we identify a clear understanding of the profession and a realistic view of career development and employment prospects.

Making your application

You should apply by clicking on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Start your application now

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words) and should include:

  • Details of your particular subject interests
  • Relevant experience or abilities
  • What you wish to achieve on the course
  • Your career aspirations.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by the end of September to avoid disappointment. We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.

There are two ways international students can apply:

  • One of our official representatives in your country
  • A direct application.

If you are applying directly you click on the link to the direct form below. The application form can be saved as you fill it out, so you do not need to complete it all at once. You will also have the chance to review all the information and make any necessary amendments before you submit the application form.

Start your application now

Central Saint Martins does not accept applications for deferred entry. You should therefore apply in the year you wish to study.

Before you apply, please take time to read the guidance below. You will be asked to provide the following information when completing the online application form:

General information

Personal details (including legal full name, date of birth, nationality, addresses)

Current English language level

Current and/or previous education and qualification details

Employment history

Personal statement

Your personal statement should give us information about yourself and why you want to join the course (between 300-500 words) and should include:

  • Details of your particular subject interests
  • Relevant experience or abilities
  • What you wish to achieve on the course
  • Your career aspirations.

Immigration history check

Whether you are applying online or through a UAL representative you will need to complete an immigration history check to establish whether you are eligible to study at UAL.  If you do not complete the check we will not be able to proceed with your application.

We cannot consider your application if you do not provide all of the information above.

Application deadline

We recommend you apply by the end of September to avoid disappointment. We reserve the right to close applications earlier than the deadline above subject to spaces available.


After you apply

Communicating with you

After you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email confirming we have successfully received your application and providing you with your login details for the UAL Portal.  We will request any additional information from you, including inviting you to upload documents or book an audition, through the portal.  You should check your UAL Portal regularly for any important updates and requests.

What happens next

Initial application check

We check your application to see if you meet the standard entry requirements for the course.  If you do, you will be invited to book an audition.  Please note, auditions commence at the end of April 2019.

Auditions

You will be invited to book and pay for an audition through the UAL Portal.  The cost of the audition is £50.00 and is non-refundable.  

You can audition in two ways:

  • Upload filmed audition pieces via the UAL Portal
  • Attend an in person audition.

Due to the volume of applications received, we have limited availability for in person auditions.  We strongly advise you book your audition early and we often find there is greater availability for the earlier audition dates.  Please note if you are unable to attend an audition you have already booked we cannot rearrange an alternative date for you. In these circumstances, you will need to submit filmed audition pieces via the UAL Portal.

MA Screen: Acting has two stages.  Not all applicants are invited to Stage 2, recall. Recall can only be undertaken in person at the Central Saint Martins Kings Cross site.

Stage 1

Candidates are required to present two contrasting speeches, each lasting no longer than three minutes. Both speeches should be from screenplays or stage plays written later than 1870.  One or both speeches may be replaced with duologue scenes from screenplays or from stage plays written later than 1870. In this case you'll need to bring a partner with you to present the scene or scenes.

Candidates may be interviewed, with particular attention given to the texts chosen, their context and meaning.  In person applicants may also be asked to improvise or do some simple exercises.

Stage 2 – Recall

Following the initial audition/interview, we use a recall system, normally on the following Thursday after your initial audition.  The second phase of your audition may include:

  • Work under direction on one or both speeches or scenes
  • A screen test
  • A sight reading exercise
  • A short test of the ability to hear and accurately reproduce rhythm, emphasis and tone
  • An assessment of your ability to work co-operatively through simple improvisations and devising exercises.

On audition/interview days you will be looked after by current students who will do their utmost to guide you around Drama Centre London, answer your questions and help you relax so you can give the best account of your potential. Auditions/interviews normally involve at least one member of the profession.

How we notify you of the outcome of your application

You will receive the outcome of your application through the UAL Portal.

Fees & Funding

Home/EU fee

To be confirmed (for guidance, tuition fees for the course that started in January 2019 were £16,800). Please note that these prices are subject to change.

£1,000 discount for students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

International fee

To be confirmed (for guidance, tuition fees for the course that started in January 2019 were £21,840). Please note that these prices are subject to change.

£1,000 discount for students who have completed a PG Dip/Cert or an undergraduate course including Grad Dip/Cert, at UAL.

You can pay course tuition fees in instalments for this course.

Additional costs

In addition to tuition fees you are very likely to incur additional costs such as travel expenses and the cost of materials. Please read the information on our additional costs page.

Accommodation

Find out about the accommodation options available and how much they will cost.

Scholarships and awards

There are a number of scholarships and awards available to students on this course. Use our search tool to find out more information.

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Careers and alumni

Our training equips you to work in drama realised on film, television and radio. Some MA Screen: Acting graduates have gone on to work on the stage. An impressive list of performers and a number of world-famous directors have emerged from courses at Drama Centre London.

Alumni include Paul Bettany, Pierce Brosnan, Simon Callow, Frances de la Tour, Paola Dionisotti, Colin Firth, Tara Fitzgerald, Anastasia Hille, Geraldine James, Helen McCrory, Jack Shepherd, John Simm, Colin Tierney, Lambert Wilson, Penelope Wilton and many more.

Adrian Noble (for ten years Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company); film writer and director David Leland; novelist Esther Freud, television director Jan Sargent and BAFTA winner Rungano Nyoni are among our graduates.

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